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Chapter 7: Sparklines and Advanced Topics in Excel Charts
Sparklines and Advanced Topics
in Excel Charts
Charts were discussed in chapter 6. This chapter first describes the new feature
Sparklines in Excel 2010 and Mac Excel 2011, then it will deal with special chart
topics, and lastly it will present charts using mathematical formulas in Excel.
Sparklines were introduced in Excel 2010/11. They are micro charts in cells. There
are three kinds of Sparklines: Lines, Columns, and Win/Loss. You will find them
under the Insert Ribbon for 2010 or the Charts Ribbon in Mac Excel 2011. Figure
7.1 shows a line of data and three different Sparkline types produced from the data.
The left side of the figure displays the icons used to create them.
Figure 7.2 shows where to find the Insert Sparklines Icons.
The following example demonstrates how to use Sparklines. Consider the fol-
lowing data for six months. The data is profit or loss for the period of January
through June. See Figure 7.3.
To create the Line Sparkline first select the cell J2 where you want your Line
Sparkline to be. Click on the Insert Sparkline and select the data that will create the
FIGURE 7.1 Sparkline Types in Excel 2010 and MAC Excel 2011